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The Wednesday Group

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,849 ratings  ·  365 reviews
Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband's latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he's nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex wi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 3rd 2015)
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Annie Weatherwax
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Smart and honest, Sylvia True has written a remarkable debut novel. Her clearly drawn characters were heartbreaking, complicated and real. The writing itself was stunning. The story moved at a perfect pace and left me with a breathtaking range of emotions. I cannot wait to see what she writes next.
Doris Zerbe
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finally! It's about time someone started this dialog. The Wednesday group is ground breaking in opening up the conversation about how sex addiction affects women and families. This book will be great for those millions of women (and men) whose lives are impacted by this ever prevalent blight. The characters are heartfelt and engaging. It's a fast paced read that would be great for a book club and for any suffering or affected by sex addiction. I would highly recommend!
Heidi Pitlor
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a rare novel that is almost all story and no fat, and as such was a riveting read. Another reviewer said this, and I'll echo it: this is more a book about betrayal than sex. Each character is at the center of a major life crisis and must make a life-altering decision. Cinematic, down-to-earth writing and a fascinating look at the way we, as women, let our relationships define our entire lives, as well the repercussions of this when the relationships go south. A really absorbing book.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. When it came in the mail, I opened the book just to take a peek and couldn't put it down until I finished it. WOW. Hard to believe that this is the author's first novel. The characters were so well developed and the story so riveting. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Miss O
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was wary when I picked this book up. I really didn’t want to read some gross sex scenes. But as it turns out, this book really isn’t about sex at all. It’s about betrayal and dealing with the trauma of learning your spouse has not only cheated on you, but can’t stop. The therapy scenes were all well done and believable. It was nice to see the women’s relationships develop. Bridget was my favorite. I like her spunk. I would definitely recommend this book, especially for any people who are strug ...more
Amanda Rivera
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A gripping and sensitive debut novel. The author's well written narrative brings the reader inside the lives of five women in the throws of relationship turmoil. The characters are vivid and true to life and the plot is endlessly engaging. I can't wait to see what Ms. True writes next!
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a page turner, I couldn't put it down. As a social worker I have come to know people in similar situations as the women in this book. Sylvia True was able to portray these women in a very real way and I felt very connected to all of the women. I will definitely be recommending this book to all of my co-workers and friends. Congratulations on a great first novel, and I cannot wait for more from Sylvia True.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trust me when I say, THE WEDNESDAY GROUP is going to get under your skin and you aren't going to be able to put it down! I am so impressed with Sylvia True's writing that I can't wait to see what she writes next. I still can't believe THE WEDNESDAY GROUP is a debut novel. Will these five women survive all the lies and self doubt? You will find yourself cheering for them and the next minute, yelling at them! One of the best novels I've read this year and Sylvia True is going to be an author read ...more
Joan Mitchell
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Five women who are very different a trend a group for wives of sex addicts. Each has a different story,but they form a bond to support each other. So very realistic I recommend this book to people who like to figure out how people cope. I received this book from Goodreads.
Mary Jo Burke
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads. An honest portrayal of the other side of betrayal by a spouse. The ripple effects on family, jobs,friends, and self-image. Very good.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Nice Cover!

Top 50 Books of 2015. Best Women's Contemporary Psychological Fiction Debut.

Sylvia True delivers a compelling and powerful debut, THE WEDNESDAY GROUP, a group of women; different personalities, and ages, from all walks of life, and professions, linked by one painful, and real subject —presently taking over their lives, their family, and their innermost secret thoughts. Living with
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Wednesday Group is a very emotionally charged read, feeding off the difficulties, struggles, and heartache of five different women as they each venture through life, marriage, love, and loss.

A hard read for many reasons, it is also a beautiful one as each woman must face some very difficult, very trying times in their life and most importantly, in their relationships with those they love most and who are suppose to love them most as well.

As horrible truths and secrets are uncovered, each wo
Bonnie Hill
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the hands of a writer with less skill and sensitivity, this would have been just another sensational read. It's much more. Each of these women has a strong voice. Each is vulnerable but in different ways. Together they bond, and even when they fail, and fail miserably, they try to guide themselves and each other though the next step of this terrifying journey.

The author has even managed to make some of the husbands likeable--well, some of them.

By the unexpected plot twist, I was emotionally
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I received this book I was unsure if I would actually enjoy it but I loved reading it. I picked this book up, started reading it and was quite happy with the story. I enjoyed hearing about all the characters history and what was going on at all times. I am hoping that Sylvia True may write another one giving an update about all the characters because I want to know what happens to all of them.
Katie Robinson
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about 5 women who have different lives but one thing in common. Their husbands are sex addicts. The characters are all extremely believable and so are the events that surround them. I read this book in one setting. If this is any indication on how well Sylvia can write, watch out world!
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Wednesday Group is the story of five women who are completely different but share one common bond. They are all married to sex addicts and are doing the best they can to come to overcome the betrayal of their husbands while determining if they should stay in their marriages. The women make up a support group for partners of sex addicts and despite their initial differences ultimately become friends and learn to call on one another
Tricia Johnson
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you will not want to put down. I read it in a day and a half and came away with a reverence for those women who come together under dire emotional circumstances. The women are beautifully drawn, you cheer for them, you yell at them, you become involved in their angst. For me, the bond the women form and their empathic support, is the story that carries the day. Bravo!
Bree T
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gail, Hannah, Bridget, Lizzie and Flavia are from very different walks of life but they all have something in common. Gail is a judge who must keep her identity a secret. Recently she’s begun receiving letters from a graduate student claiming Gail’s perfect husband is in love with her but too scared to tell Gail. Lizzie discovered that her husband is addicted to porn and she wants to work through it but he refuses to meet her halfway. Bridget has just discovered that her husband is addicted to m ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a remarkable story about 5 women who are married to sex addicts. This book tackles an unusual premise that has you wondering how each of these ladies get through their days. I wish there was one more chapter that resolved a few of the issues. I loved several of the characters more than others, some kept their secrets and other seemed to be in denial. Each helps the others as they meet every Wednesday evening. A great read and I'll look for more of Sylvia True's books.
Dreena Hoffmann
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first I didn't think I could read a novel dealing with sex addiction. I'm glad I kept an open mind. This is an amazing story about the strength of a group of women and how they deal with the difficult situations handed to them. As a reader, you feel the sadness, every heartbreak, and the anger they feel. Each woman discovers an inner strength they didn't know they had. I believe even the character Gail found her way.
The Wednesday Group, by Silvia True
Betrayal of the worst kind. How do you live with the knowledge that the person closest to you has lied and betrayed your trust? How do you cope with discovering that your marriage has been a charade and you are essentially married to a stranger? What do you tell your friends, your coworkers, your children? This is a fascinating look at the often forgotten victims of addiction. Five women meet in group therapy to help each other cope with the pain, and debilitat
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of five women from different walks of life who join a support group. The one thing they have in common is all their husbands are sex addicts. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this topic, but the author developed these characters so quietly that I couldn't stop till the last page was turned. And I wanted more! You will laugh with these women, cry with them, want to punch their lights out at times. But in the end you will just love them. Hoping for the next chapter in their lives.
I won
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A friend had told me to read this and gave me her copy. I didn't mind this book at all and well be passing it on to my sister so she can read it and review it.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a window into the world of a less acknowledged addiction. Sexual addiction . Which , from the book, is similar to substance and gambling addiction.
I just finished the book, and I am left with a desire to call all of my close friends , because
1) it is a book about friendship without judgement

2) It is a page turner - fascinating , easy to read, and very educational
3) it may be something a friend is going thru, and without having read this I would'nt have a clue what to say if she
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found myself deeply connected to all the women in this book and rooted for all of them throughout the entire novel. Sylvia was able to make the women extremely relatable in a topic that is often considered taboo and foreign. I found the ending of the novel brilliant, refreshing, without a need for a "fairytale" ending but rather realistic and contemporary. I highly recommend this book to anyone and think that it touches on a topic that is often ignored in society, but extremely important to be ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great story about overcoming addiction, not by the addict but by their spouses and families who are just as affected. This is a side of the story rarely told and the author does a wonderful job of using the different character's personalities to show different ways of dealing with the issues involved. By the time I finished this book I felt like the characters were people I knew intimately. While these characters are dealing with sex addiction issue they really could have been dealin ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, I know some great authors and have read some great books. I can honestly say that The Wednesday Group is one of my favorites. Once I dove in it was impossible to get out. If you are looking for an emotional roller coster and a new perspective on writing, this is the book for you! Well worth the read!
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Did I miss something with this novel? While THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True is an okay read, it leaves the reader with a slightly bitter taste in their mouths. Ending unresolved, THE WEDNESDAY GROUP had me asking more questions than necessary.

RELEASE DATE: March 2015

PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin

DISCLAIMER: Novel was sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review.

SYNOPSIS: Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she i
Helen Lane
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received and ARC from the publisher.

Tough subject, very sensitively done. The characters felt real to me, and I found myself caring deeply about them. Except for Flavia. It wasn't that I didn't care about her, I just didn't really get to know her. I loved how the women's friendships developed. It was a fast, easy read. I have read other reviews about the ending, and I agree it was rather sudden, but I think it was the right ending. The women have grown throughout the book, and most importantly t
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed everything about this book. It is a wonderful first novel!(wow -that is hard to believe!)
I loved the characters and felt connected to these women, dealing with such a difficult issue. They were believable and honest and their emotions were gut- wrenching.
I will be looking forward to your next novel Sylvia!
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The Wednesday Group is Sylvia True’s first novel. She is a high school science teacher and enjoys writing when she can find the time.
Sylvia was born in England to parents who were refugees from Germany. She moved to the US when she was five. Growing up with parents from a different culture, a mother who was a Swiss champion figure skater, and a father who was a theoretical nuclear physicist, gave